What does The University of South Florida’s Counseling Center offer students?

College can be difficult to navigate, but it’s even more difficult when you don’t have a support system who understands what it’s like to be in college. The Counseling Center at The University of South Florida is a free resource where students can schedule appointments online or even walk in.

Located in the Student Services building, the Counseling Center at The University of South Florida offers support for all USF students. Nick Joyce is a staff psychologist at the Counseling Center and has been helping students there.

“We have a bunch of free, anonymous screening questionnaires that will help you understand if what you’re experiencing is something that is normal or if it is something that you could probably get some help for and not have to deal with anymore,” said Joyce.

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The Counseling Center has a drop-in service that offers an informal, confidential consultation with a University of South Florida Counseling Center counselor. It is a free counseling option that doesn’t require an appointment and takes place outside of the Counseling Center.

“We see undergrads, we see graduate students, we see every race, color and creed of student at this university,” said Joyce.

Tests, exams, projects and homework can be stressful and can give students anxiety. The Counseling Center works with students to manage stress in healthy ways, such as meditation and exercise.

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First-year students at USF deal with their new freedom as a college student and can feel overwhelmed having to live and/or deal with school on their own. Being introduced to new people, places and things can be a lot of fun, but learning balance is the key to college success.

A study done by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America finds that 41.6 percent of college students stated anxiety as the top presenting concern among college students.

“Students are freaked out about the future, we are seeing tons of anxiety in our students,” said Joyce.

Other issues that the Counseling Center can help you with include depression, relationship problems, substance abuse, body image, academics and more. Students tend to deal with some of these issues during their first year in college.

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“They also deal with a lot of difficulty with their family members understanding what they’re going through,” said Joyce.

Some students may feel misunderstood by their own family, since the college experience has changed over the years and may not be the same as when their parents were in school. The Counseling Center also offers individual and group counseling to help create a support system outside of their family.

“It’s hard for a working adult to understand the stress that their student is going through around having a test,” said Joyce. “We help students sort of navigate how to talk about this kind of stuff with their family, how to get support from their family,”

Any student at The University of South Florida can speak with the staff at the Counseling Center. Students can go online and can access “feel better” tools including apps, guided relaxation, improving thinking habits and joining communities.

For a more one-on-one experience, students may want to make an appointment at the Counseling Center. Just call 813-974-2831 or stop by the Counseling Center during their office hours.


Counseling Center Main Office

Student Services Building (SVC), Suite 2124

Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.